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GM recalls Chevrolet Cruze over fire risk

Line of Chevrolet Cruze cars at a dealership in Englewood, Colorado 19 February 2012
Image caption The recall only extends to Chevrolet Cruze cars made at one Ohio plant, GM said

US car manufacturer General Motors has recalled almost half a million cars to reduce the risk of fire.

It plans to modify Chevrolet Cruze sedans, a popular model, so that flammable liquids are not caught in the engine, GM said.

The recall affects 475,418 cars sold in the US, Canada and Israel that were assembled in Lordstown, Ohio, between September 2010 and May 2012.

GM said no crashes or injuries have been reported over the issue.

Recall notices are due to be sent out to Cruze owners in mid-July and the company estimates it will take about half-an-hour at a Chevrolet dealership to fix the problem, which has to do with the car's engine shield.

Cars of the same model built at other GM plants are not thought to have the same problem, the spokesman added, although its unit in Australia is investigating whether 10,000 cars sold there could be affected.